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Influenza A Outbreak In Penang Forces School to Temporarily Close

According to The Sun Daily, the disease to spread rapidly among young children, leading to a school closure in Butterworth.

The occurrence was found to have taken place in SRJK (C) Li Hwa in Butterworth, Penang, with two Primary Two classes affected. Each class contained about 36 students.

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“As of yesterday, 19 students from both classes have been infected and the health authorities have ordered both classes to be closed for 12 days for cleaning and disinfection. However, today I was informed that two more students have been infected,” state education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad told reporters, here today.

Although there was an increase in the number of influenza cases. A total of 53 students from 24 primary and secondary schools in Penang have come down with influenza as of today compared to 19 cases reported yesterday, according to state education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad.

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No schools were ordered to close except the two Year Two classes at a national-type Chinese school (SJKC) Li Hwa, Butterworth, which have remained closed since yesterday.

Asked whether there would be a replacement class for the affected students, he said the teachers would conduct such classes for the 72 Year Two pupils so that they would not miss out on lessons.

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Abdul Rashid said both state education department and health department had taken proactive steps by carrying out monitoring to ensure the cleanliness at schools and students experiencing the symptoms to receive prompt treatment.

He said they also took immediate measures to prevent the disease from spreading by distributing face masks in all schools.

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For those of you who suspect that you may have contracted Influenza A, please see doctor immediately, wear a mask and  avoid large crowds to prevent further infection to the public.

We hope that the affected students will recover soon!

Source : The Sun Daily